Rahul Gandhi wrote a letter to Speaker Om Birla, requesting to include the deleted part of the speech in the record

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi : Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday wrote a letter to Speaker Om Birla raising questions over the removal of parts of his speech in the House from the proceedings. He said in the letter that this is a selective action which is not logical. The MP from Rae Bareli urged Birla to include the removed part of his speech in the record of proceedings again.

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Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating a communal divide in the country, drawing strong objections from members of the ruling party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said calling the entire Hindu society violent was a very serious matter.

While initiating the discussion on the motion of thanks on the President's address on behalf of the opposition, Rahul Gandhi had said that a Hindu can never commit violence, spread hatred and fear. Some parts of his speech were removed from the proceedings of the House as per the instructions of the Chair.

In a letter to Birla, Rahul Gandhi said that the Chairman has the power to expunge certain remarks from the proceedings of the House, but this is only for those words whose nature is specified in Rule 380 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct. He said, 'I am surprised to see how a large part of my speech has been removed from the proceedings.'

The Congress leader also said, “I am constrained to say that the deleted portions do not fall within the ambit of Rule 380. What I tried to say in the House is the ground reality and the factual position. Every member of the House who represents the collective voice of the people enjoys the freedom of expression enshrined in Article 105(1) of the Constitution of India.”

He stressed that it is the right of every member to raise people's concerns in the House. Rahul Gandhi said, 'I was exercising this right yesterday while fulfilling my responsibilities towards the people of the country.' He said in a letter to Birla, 'Removing my well-thought-out comments from the record is against the principles of parliamentary democracy.'

Rahul Gandhi said, 'In this context, I also want to draw attention to the speech of Anurag Thakur (BJP MP), whose speech was full of allegations. However, surprisingly only one word has been removed from his speech.' He said, 'I request that the comments removed from the proceedings be included again.'

Earlier, the Congress leader told reporters in the Parliament House complex, “The truth can be exposed in Modi ji's world, but the truth cannot be exposed in reality. Whatever I had to say, I have said it. This is the truth. You can expose as much as you want, but the truth is the truth.”

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